Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The family had to ride home from the festival celebrating freedom of black slaves with the symbols of the Holocaust on their car.
Rich Pellegrino, an outspoken activist for immigrants' rights and an Austell resident, and his family saw something drawn on their car as they left the annual Juneteenth festival in Marietta on Saturday. Pellegrino, founder of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance, knew immediately what the swastikas were and what they meant. However, his wife and 11-year-old granddaughter did not. The swastikas were the symbols of the German Nazi Party, which murdered 6 million Jews and 6 million other people from other targeted groups. The swastikas have since become a core symbol of the Neo-Nazi and other white supremacist groups. Juneteenth is a day celebrated by Americans on June 19 to commemorate the day the black slaves in Texas learned of their emancipation …
Friday, June 15, 2012
It looks like many of the Mableton illegal immigrants who rallied outside the Obama Campaign Office in Atlanta may have gotten immunity from deportation.
On Friday, the Obama Administration will announce that it will cease deportation for illegal immigrants who meet the requirements of the DREAM Act, which would allow illegal immigrants without criminal records but with high school diplomas or military service records to remain in the U.S. According to the Associated Press, two senior administration officials released details of the announcement to come from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Barack Obama Friday afternoon. The DREAM Act, which has never been passed by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during the same legislative session, was not specifically mentioned. However, the same stipulations the act calls for are the ones under this new plan …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The young people, including Jesus Cruz, will demand that the Obama Administration stop the deportation of DREAM Act-eligible young people by issuing an executive order.
Though the Obama administration has recently stated that certain "low-priority" undocumented immigrants (including immigrant youth eligible for the DREAM Act) are not a target for deportation, we have seen a dissonance between words and deeds, as favorable youth still face deportation. That is why we are now asking for an executive order to halt the deportations of students who qualify for the DREAM Act. "We have many open cases of DREAMers here in Georgia who are facing deportation proceedings for things like driving without a license,” says Nataly Ibarra, member of DreamActivist Georgia. “Jesus Cruz is a clear example of how Prosecutorial discretion is not working and we now need the strength of an Executive Order to stop these …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Dulce Guerrero, an undocumented resident activist living in Mableton and Jesus Cruz, another undocumented Mableton resident, say they and their families do pay taxes.
Dulce Guerrero said she and her family do pay taxes. She and her family are undocumented residents currently living in Mableton. She said her family pays taxes through the Internal Revenue Service and each have Individual Tax Identification Numbers. She said in a Business Insider article it's "a complete lie" that undocumented residents, or illegal immigrants, do not pay taxes. It's often an argument espoused by those who are opposed to undocumented residents, who are called a drain on taxpayers and the government system because they are supposedly receiving these services for free. IRS representative Patricia Kirk told Fox News that the internal revenue code doesn't differentiate between legal and illegal residents. According to BI, the …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
One 2012 Pebblebrook grad shares his dreams and story of being an undocumented student in Georgia.
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- Kiri Walton
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
There wasn’t a face in the van that looked familiar. He was riding to a place he’d never heard of surrounded by people he’d never seen before, and Rolando Zenteno began to panic. He was 7 and he began to cry. “Where’s my mom?” he asked in Spanish. It was 2001, and Rolando’s mother had been told to return to Mexico at one point during the nine-hour trip by border officials, Rolando said. He was asleep when she slipped away. “Imagine you’re 7 years old, and your mom’s not there, and you don’t know what’s going on,” Rolando said. “It was hell. I was practically traumatized. I didn’t know what was going on.” A woman in the van tried to soothe Rolando, telling him that his mother was at the store and would return in a couple of hours. After …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Jesus Cruz and his supporters continue to fight for him to remain in the U.S.
OUTSIDE ATLANTA, GA -- Jesus Cruz found a small bit of relief last month when an immigration judge in Atlanta granted the undocumented graduate of Mableton’s Pebblebrook High another two months in the United States. “I don’t want to go to Mexico because this is my home,” Cruz told Patch in May. Cruz is facing deportation because Cobb County Police arrested him in August 2011 for driving without a license, which he cannot obtain in Georgia as an undocumented resident. Judge Madeline Garcia granted Cruz his second two-month extension on his deportation hearing to see if the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will exercise prosecutorial discretion, which is the agency’s authority to decide how to pursue individual cases. Cruz’s fate …
Monday, April 16, 2012
A local nonprofit organization honors an undocumented student from Austell for his achievements.
Rolando "Richie" Zenteno of Pebblebrook High School is a fighter, and he and 15 other young men of color in Georgia were recently honored by the Colored Rocks Foundation, established by Cheryl Dukes to help increase high school graduation rates among male students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The young men will share a prize fund of $5,000 for their accomplishments. The winners were chosen from their essay competition answers and from their plans to use their talents to complete a unique individual program that will specifically inspire and motivate other male students of color in their community. Richie admits to a rare period of introspection when he began writing his essay. “It was difficult at first to solidify my ideas but as …
Monday, March 12, 2012
South Cobb supporters and others from around the state plan to rally this morning to prevent the deportation of Jesus Cruz, a 2010 Pebblebrook graduate.
The fate of one Pebblebrook High alumnus will be sealed on Monday at 9 a.m. when a judge decides whether he will be allowed to remain in the United States, where he has spent the last nine years, or if he will be deported back to Mexico, where he was born. At 8 a.m., immediately before the immigration hearing, supporters plan to rally and hold a press conference in an effort to stop 20-year-old Jesus Cruz from being deported. In August 2011, Cobb County Police arrested Cruz for driving without a license. As an undocumented resident, he cannot legally obtain a driver’s license in Georgia. Cruz was transferred to Stewart Detention Center, placed under an ICE hold and released once his family raised enough money for his $7,500 bond. If …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Nataly Ibarra tells her story about the demonstration at the Capitol on Tuesday.
By Tuesday afternoon, Nataly Ibarra, a 16-year-old student at Pebblebrook High School, and five other undocumented young immigrants hadn’t slept in nearly two days and they each had been arrested and either released or transferred to county jail. Nataly was one of three juveniles released Tuesday after protesting the state’s new immigration reform legislation at the Georgia State Capitol by blocking an intersection. The legislation, the Illegal Immigrant and Enforcement Act of 2011, is set to become law on Friday. However, on Monday, a federal judge paused two of the most controversial provisions of the bill. One of those provisions would empower law enforcement officials to request citizenship documentation from persons who are suspected …